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london street is thought to be a terror attack inspired by radical islam reportedly carried out in revenge for the u.k.'s military actions in muslim countries. riots ripped through immigrant suburbs of stockholm for the fourth night in a row raising tough questions about sweden's open immigration policies. and years in limbo and months of starvation the plight of the guantanamo prisoners might finally season change as president obama is expected to reassert his plans to close the facility all of this during his counterterrorism address.
a very good morning to you from moscow where it's now just after eight o'clock i'm . worldwide headlines. a savage attack carried out in broad daylight in southeast london has been called an act of terrorism and is believed to have been motivated by radical islam a man thought to be an off duty soldier was hacked to death by to attack with meat cleavers who were shouting religious and political slogans according to unconfirmed reports that u.k. authorities are investigating a possible nigerian link in the london. reports in the british capital. well a deep sense of shock amongst the community here in south east london where that horrific crime took place we've heard gruesome eyewitness accounts of the men who are alleged to have how the victim today we've seen the videos burgeoning already
some information now from one of the videos that appears to show one of the alleged attack is that what you think the bible. would. have said publicly. different. from. the. now the man who died there are unconfirmed reports that he was serving soldier and indeed this crime taking place next to the growing fences all the army barracks said this area has strong links to the british armed forces certainly the picture being painted is one of a perceived terrorist incidents certainly the response that we've seen from the government has also indicated that that is how they're dealing with it at the
moment we'll have more information is thought when the prime minister is going to be meeting with the government's emergency response caber he'll be briefed on the intelligence that they have here in south east london these things. gatherings of the english defense league they've responded to this attack they said that they were going to give a response to what they perceive to be an islamist attack british police operation underway here the moment one of the chief officers that i spoke to had said that they have huge numbers of police deployed to the server and he told me they're very keen obviously to avoid a situation happening like we saw in two thousand and. and eleven we've had some sporadic incidents that we've been responding to pretty much since early to section sixty authority that was put in place at five past nine sex sixty is a power for the police to use certain stop and search powers without the need for an individual justification of those to stop and search at that time by and large
if the very well handled fairly. police calling for calm as the investigation is ongoing. reporting and the brutal killing has shaken the u.k. sparking fears of terrorism returning to the capital. looks at what could lie behind the attack and its broader implications for the country. prime minister david cameron said that this is a most appalling crime and that there are strong indications that it was a terrorist incident that the u.k. would never have buckle in the face of terrorism he has cut short a trip to paris he was there with francois hollande he's going to be chairing a cobra and emergency government committee meetings one of those meetings is already taking place in the decision was taken to increase security outside other army barracks are in and around london the incident has been met by horror from politicians from all sides of the political spectrum people are very shocked that
this is taken place but if indeed it is confirmed as a as an act of terror carried out by islamic extremists well then it's a brutal act that is very unprecedented for the u.k. it presents a new reality for the british government and a new problem to face really because this wasn't a plot it wasn't a sophisticated bomb plot like the ones we've seen for oiled in recent years it wasn't anything like the july seventh bombings with the buses this is a brutal and very basic attack in the middle of a london street in broad daylight outside of a primary school the likely motivation for this brutal killing is looks to be some people are speculating on british involvement or broad we know that the british army has been involved in conflicts in libya in afghanistan and iraq and william hague also the british foreign minister has recently been calling on the syrian
rebels and britain has been heavily involved and actively campaigning to arm the syrian rebels and they've been helping them in providing support in other way in other ways and we also know that islam is to have threatened actually a number of times to behead a british soldier in retaliation for military involvement in afghanistan iraq and libya and in fact six years ago a group of british back. stoney's based in birmingham were convicted of plotting such an attack but today it looks like that attack may have taken place it's not confirmed yet but that's what a lot of people are talking about and it's already causing a number of commentators to make the link between british involvement and this sort of what looks to be like a homegrown terrorist attack we've had the british m.p. george galloway saying today to quote this sickening atrocity is exactly what we're paying the same kind of people to do in syria so in the view of some it's british
involvement aboard that's increasing the danger for the british people at home. with the attack that we've seen the course want to put it work right there in the meantime contributor afshin rattansi who shows the view that the london attack very strong resemblance to atrocities committed by rebel forces inside syria. it is true that david cameron and hague are at the forefront along with francois hollande in paris trying to support the rebels that are to death christians muslims people of no faith at all in syria perhaps people would have seen how alike the events in woolwich were to the hacking we saw in. the streets that it was homes because of course that kind of attack was occurring as been occurring all over syria except as i said the british government is supporting the people with the machetes i have to say. when i first heard about this at two o'clock our
time and that it was a machete and it was revolving knives and then of course the inevitable there were islamists or there was some connection to islam one had to think was the machete being supplied by william egg in no way will they change their foreign policy of any event even they won't change their foreign policy they will react completely wrongly just as they did after seven seventh's invent new m i five operations to infiltrate muslim communities create more untag in islam and inspire more events if the past is anything to go by more tragic terrible violence like the ones we saw today and will that under your answer we've also got some reaction from across the atlantic brian baca from the anti war coalition he believes such violence could have been predicted i wouldn't for u.k. first embraced america's military actions or poor. this was a disgusting attack
a terrible assault a murderous attack one that people are sickened by throughout the u.k. and all over the world but when we look into the broader context we have to i would say no to particular things one is there is an escalating cycle of violence that is predictable and was predicted the british along with the british meaning the british government not the people. joined george w. bush in the invasion of iraq support the war in afghanistan where principals and demanding the bombing of libya along with the united states and france and nato are arming the same rebels in syria so the british colonial past and its current legacy of intervention in war is undoubtedly a factor the other thing though that we have to think about is will this lead to the targeting of immigrant populations black populations muslim populations for a new round of universal type demonization or criminalization and that's something
we have to also be on the lookout for and be against would a lot more of the story here in our including many pictures and videos on live updates munden on our web site of course don't go. today. these are the images. can. i. ten minutes past the hour moscow time thanks for joining us here on r.t. today smashed windows and. one of europe's richest capitals is now witnessing its worst outbreak of violence in years hundreds of youths mostly immigrants through
the city suburbs and four nights of. violence has shocked the country famous for as attractive immigration policies and very generous welfare system reporting from correspondent peter. violence here in stockholm wednesday being relatively quiet seen community leaders out on the streets trying to stop young people from rioting from setting fire to things you can see promotes going on just behind me once they've gone in for the evening. because of the people who started setting foot. on it at the police journalists as well this is all continuing from what we've seen start on sunday here. this was all started following a police shooting of a sixty nine year old man he was killed by police officers in his apartment. holding a machete while he was. by police. continued
throughout the week. talking to community leaders they say that one of the reasons for this is being down to unemployment here. particular. areas i'm in the suburb of who speak which is not too far from the center of stockholm with me one of the worst hit areas by violence in recent nights. the same it's sweden's unemployment figures are actually below the e.u. average when you look at youth unemployment we're talking about the under twenty five's nearly a quarter of the swedish population are out of work and if you look at the people who are taking part in the violence that we've seen they are all very very young people in the that's one of the reasons why on wednesday evening it seemed like things were under control when we saw parents. religious leaders out on the streets it seems though that once they have gone to bed then the trouble has started again as violence continues to rock the swedish city. party's controller
reporting and also it has for years been accepting immigrants who fail to integrate are only there to get money for nothing the view of swedish journalist and good colorist the problem is not from the government or from the swedish people the last twenty years or so we have we have seen so many immigrants coming to sweden bedmate really doesn't like sweden they don't want to integrate they don't want to live in the society we you know working paying taxes and so on the people that come here now they come here because they know that sweden will give them money for nothing they don't have to work they don't have to pay taxes they can just stay here and get a lot of money and back east you know really the problem the police could do so much they have to tell them how big that they mean to do as little as possible they could go in there they could use you know water cannons they could do. not getting
people out in the streets at night there are so many things they could do we've been done lol but they don't do it. well still ahead for you here on the west is ready for all the steps necessary to support the syrian opposition a so-called friends of syria group gathers in jordan for peace told the government troops and allies leave the battlefield. a body with no feet has been found in afghanistan seventeen case of a person going missing near a former u.s. special base all said to have been seized by troops so that i'm much more than just a couple of minutes.
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a major counterterrorism address to later on thursday the u.s. lead is expected to announce the transfer of detainees from the war on terror facility will be sped up and this comes as more than one hundred prisoners have been on hunger strike now for three and a half months all of this in protest over their indefinite detention. and has more on this and what else to expect from the forthcoming speech. we have a major national security speech coming up and we have a word trickling down from the administration through various news outlets that the president is going to announce the resumption of transfers of some guantanamo detainees now these sources say that in the speech we're probably not going to hear details as to when these transfers will start happening but we will presumably hear about the administration's plans to lift the ban on sending detainees to yemen the yemenis are the largest single group of prisoners at guantanamo bay you have saudi and afghan nationals there as well as others there one hundred and sixty six
detainees now held at guantanamo it is six have been cleared who would be seen putting fifty six who are from yemen after years of inaction injustice and indifference and after more than three months of starvation the detainees have finally got the president's attention last week the president said he was going to review efforts to close the prison something that he probably promised to do four years ago the hunger strike certainly served as a push for these statements but one would argue he said that the detainees had to subject themselves to so much physical suffering to be heard after all this march and by the end a hunger strike had already started critics argue that all this time did mr a should have the tools to would least many of these men especially those who've been cleared for release but it seems that the fear is that even those who had nothing done nothing wrong and who were wrongfully captured after all they've been through at guantanamo all the humiliation they've seen the u.s.
may have created enemies there so many of these men have fallen victim not just to their wrongful capture but also to u.s. politicians assumptions of what they may or may not do in the future now apart from going tunnel which the administration always pointed out it inherited from the previous administration the president is going to talk about his own counterterrorism strategy. this wednesday u.s. attorney general for the first time officially confirmed right killed four american citizens including the sixteen year old son of anwar in yemen there was no mentioning of other countries citizens killed by u.s. drone strikes in his state of the union address president obama said he would get more transparent on drone operations we haven't really seen bad but we expect to hear more from him this thursday. and much more coverage on the ongoing guantanamo
bay hunger strike including a time line on our web site also the state of the on technology proves to be a complete disaster but also called we've got the story of a new multi million euros spanish submarine that's not able to die due to full in its construction and now it seems the country. country facing huge repair bill to finally try and get it in ship shape. times for italy the number of people receiving food aid there has doubled in just two years suggesting the economic downturn is taking a greater told than previously feel all the details on our website don't come.
all right it's eight twenty am here in moscow a group of western and arab countries of. iranian fighters to immediately withdrawal from military action in syria and limit fears the conflict there is becoming radicalized at a meeting in jordan the so-called friends of syria alliance voiced its support for the syrian opposition saying it's ready to take quo. all the steps necessary to back them as government troops fired for the strategic town of qusayr partially supply routes. peace talks in geneva in the coming weeks will lead to a transitional government in damascus and some of the statements of the latest meeting contradict. you all. speaking at a press conference in amman the u.s. state secretary john kerry said and i quote if syrian president bashar al assad was not prepared to discuss a political solution to end syria's civil war the united states and others would
consider increasing support for his opponents and of quote that along with increasing initiatives across the atlantic to arm the syrian rebels something again reiterated by the u.s. senate commission on tuesday is creating a feeling of uncertainty whether a peaceful solution to the syrian conflict would be found any time soon the latest statement by john kerry seems questionable especially after the meeting in moscow less than two weeks ago when john kerry and russian foreign minister sergey lavrov and the russian president vladimir putin agreed to hold an international conference by the end of this month to have both the syrian government and the syrian opposition at the same negotiation table and back then told john kerry that he saw clear signs coming from the syrian government that they were willing to take part in this negotiation while nothing like that nothing of the same sort was coming from the opposition this stance was reached rated again by the russian foreign minister during his meeting with the deputy foreign minister of syria today in
a moscow we are waiting for a reaction from the russian foreign ministry on the latest statement by john kerry and we know that the russian foreign minister and the u.s. states actually had a conversation over the phone today about the peace conference which is due to be held by the end of this month but the biggest question in the light of the statement by john kerry in amman is whether this peace conference would be held at all. our to correspond right there now a body of an afghan man whose feet had been cut off as we discovered near a former american special forces based in the province of wired back and the man who disappeared last november was later seen on a video being tortured by an afghan american identified as zachariah kandahar the chief interpreter for u.s. special forces in the region couple claims kandahar he was in charge of a so-called death squad of foraging under the control of the us a couple's investigators accused the group of torturing and killing at least seventeen people
in the war that province or washington denies the accusations middle east expert said he believes it would perfectly fit into the interrogation schemes of u.s. military operations. even if he no longer works for them i think the question should be raised is what kind of people are they hiring you know if they hired this guy in the first place what kind of checks were carried out to the sanity of this guy and i don't think that seventeen people are going to go missing because of the work of one person that you know may be destructive forces were involved in those disappearances let's look at background here base where people look picked up take to background tortured and been taken to going to animal brains listed in background and then were handed over to the pakistanis or you will be else and also for example in abu ghraib we saw those pictures that were released and that showed torture of victims so for the afghans the afghan government accused the americans
of can get torture isn't far fetched and it's actually quite conceivable we've also heard from war turns of returned from iraq for example and and have said that they were routinely killed people so you know if you look through america's history and the history of the military it's not inconceivable that they were tortured and killed people. right on back with more news in about half an hour's time though next in just a moment it's quite an interest on not seeing. me
with my little. bit mom is so good terms with. her interests. and i'm coming. out on how to run i'm a little. good afternoon and welcome to prime interest i'm perry i'm boring here in washington d.c. and here's the story that i'm keeping up with today. bubbles bubbles everywhere financial markets are becoming too buoyant according to some members of the federal open market committee as expressed in today's at the mc minutes it seems junk bonds are on the rise as investors are chasing yields beyond the zero point two percent offered by their local banks but wasn't that the point mr chairman careful what you
wish for and speaking of chairman bernanke you spoke today in front of congress it didn't take much to move the market when he softball the possibility of so-called tapering later in the year this would be the much anticipated wind down of quantitative easing and the final act of coogee for the day was a john hilton raft the fed spokesman wall street journal reporter it did a one hundred eighty from his prior views just a couple weeks ago previously you said the fed had mapped out a strategy for the mystical tapering process well today you simply stated the process will not be predictable great job after twelve speech is one major f o m c release and at the w.s.j. planted story the markets are thoroughly confused and finally after tempos testimony on the hill yesterday much talk has been made about the viability of apple's tax strategy and investors in apple's recent seventeen billion dollar bond
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